U.S. Senior Open Drives into Town in June
By Ben Barber
Golf pros will compete for the honor of having their name inscribed on the Senior Open Championship Cup. With the return of the USGA to Sacramento comes a flood of economic impacts with conservative numbers in the $20 million range—a huge influx of new monies to Sacramento County. An estimated 25,000 hotel room nights will be needed over the course of the event hosting the roughly 8,000 travelers coming and going through our various airports.
Photo by Matthew Moores
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It’s been over 30 years since the United States Golf Association (USGA) visited town, and with its return this June to the Del Paso Country Club (DPCC) for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open comes a variety of buzz and anticipation. This will be the first U.S. Senior Open to be conducted at the DPCC with the last USGA event being the U.S. Women’s Open back in 1982. Fans will be privileged to watch Masters Champion Fred Couples, Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open Champion), Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Paul Goydos, and more compete for the largest Championship title of this year’s open tour.
Director of Championships for the USGA, Matt Sawicki, announced that children 17 and under will have free entry with any ticketed adult. Ticketed adults can bring up to nine kids to enjoy the world-class event. “There’s not another professional sport out there where you can buy a general admission ticket, sit in the front row of the grandstands, be on the rope line, and be within an arm’s length of professional athletes,” said Sawicki. Although 2,500 volunteers are already registered, another 200 could be supported, a great opportunity to be a part of a world-class event.
With the return of the USGA to Sacramento comes a flood of economic impacts with conservative numbers in the $20 million range—a huge influx of new monies to Sacramento County. An estimated 25,000 hotel room nights will be needed over the course of the event hosting the roughly 8,000 travelers coming and going through our various airports. Sales tax dollars alone are estimated to be over $1 million.
The USGA has been working with the DPCC for the past three years to prepare for this mainstream event, aiming to have a minimal impact on local residents and improving roads and infrastructure to support the scale of the event, allowing for maximum ease.
The event will be broadcasted by Fox, providing 20 hours of coverage for those who might not be able to make it to the course. Coverage begins June 23rd and carries through the 28th.
Gaylord Perry Honored, 2015 Brings Big Changes for River Cats
Story and photos by Ben Barber
Gaylord Perry talks about his career.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento River Cats season is officially underway. It is the first year of the much anticipated association with Major League Baseball’s World Champion San Francisco Giants. The River Cats spent the majority of the summer making improvements throughout Raley Field, helping both players and fans.
Season ticket holders will now have the luxury of the Legacy Club, a 5,000 square foot renovation to the suite level on the third base side. It features a full bar with a wide variety of California wines and a microbrew made specifically for the River Cats by Rubicon Brewing company called RBI IPA. If the life size LED screen casting the game isn’t impressive enough, then guests can stroll around the balcony to see a stunning view overlooking the field and the Sacramento skyline.
Fans were also treated to an appearance by Gaylord Perry, who was being honored with an induction into the Pacific Coast League (PCL) Hall of Fame. He only played four seasons before moving up to the majors, where he continued his career for 22 years. While in the minors, he achieved the Pitcher of the Year title and helped lead the Tacoma Giants to a PCL championship.
Jeff Savage presents Gaylord Perry with the PCL Hall of Fame Certificate.
Perry was known for his spitball and lackadaisical attitude towards having the upper hand on batters. While in the Majors, he was caught with an emery board in his back pocket to scuff up the ball. In an era before center field cameras and close ups on pitchers, baseball was a very different game.
Also as part of the new affiliation are some exciting events planned for the future, such as Star Wars Night on July 10th. The event was started by the San Francisco Giants, who celebrate the cultural phenomena of Star Wars that started in the Bay Area.
With ticket sales up 1200% in comparison to last year, Sacramento baseball fans may have a tricky time getting in to see not only the upgrades, but the world class baseball that comes along with being associated with the San Francisco Giants. Roster names include multiple world champions that’ll have the town star struck.
Carmichael Beavers Swim Team Turns 50
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Beavers Swim Team is proudly celebrating their 50th season. Since their conception in 1965, the Beavers have had many successful years winning championships and setting individual league records. Achieving these feats goes hand-in-hand with the team’s goals of desire, dedication, and determination. Contributing to the team’s recent success are the Beavers’ current president Ron Miller, head coach Doug Smith, and parents of the team swimmers. These parents diligently maintain the standing tradition of a family atmosphere, promoting a fun swimming experience where children learn to swim in a competitive forum.
The Carmichael Beavers range in age from 4 to 18 and they practice nightly at Del Campo High School’s pool, which has been their home for the past 12 years. The team welcomes the community to come out and enjoy their efforts. The Beavers’ 2015 home meets are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 6th, 13th, and 20th, as well as July 11th.
In commemoration of this 50th Anniversary, some elements have been added to the season’s usual repertoire. Special 50th swim caps, suits, and t-shirts are being offered and the Beavers Swim Team will be accompanying their 50th Anniversary float during their regular appearance in Carmichael’s Annual 4th of July Gala Parade.
All Carmichael Beavers alumni are invited to join the team on Saturday, May 16th for recognition and participation in a special alumni swim meet. The time trials start at 8:00 a.m. and the alumni meet will take place at 11:00 a.m. The current Beavers team looks forward to meeting past Beavers team members!
For more information, visit www.cbswim.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow CB Swim on Facebook at Carmichael Beavers Swim Team.
Source: Roni Santiago
Colton Burns swings away against Grant High School.
Photo by Michelle Akana
Eagle Baseball Flies into Regular Season
Story by Ben Barber
Interview by Jason Knittle II
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The El Camino High School varsity baseball team has officially completed their preseason, finishing strong at 5-4. With the majority of their games against Division I and Division II schools, Coach Jon Mauerer is enthusiastic about how they competed.
“A lot of our seniors are really stepping up, doing a good job… We don’t have one guy or two guys that are carrying us. We kinda have a different hero every game… Everyone is really doing their job,” said Coach Mauerer when asked about key players this year.
Senior Vincent Byrd already has two home runs with fellow senior Jacob Grace chasing with one. While Grace may only be batting 0.243, he’s brought in six runners, leading the team in RBIs. Senior Bennett Nichols is batting 0.500 with 24 at-bats under his belt. And junior Colton Burns, who you might remember from the school’s football season, is continuing to raise eyebrows, batting 0.423.
With three games versus Mira Loma to be followed by three games versus Rio Americano, the Eagles hope to continue their momentum from the preseason to get them in a position to clinch league. “We have a good group and we’re starting to come together at the right time,” said Coach Mauerer.
High School baseball games are held anywhere from two to three times a week. Check your school’s website for details on game start times and locations.
River Cats 2015 Opening Day Roster
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento River Cats announced the 2015 Opening Day roster. The River Cats opened their 16th season in Sacramento with eight players who have spent time with the affiliate San Francisco Giants, including three with 2014 postseason experience.
The River Cats roster was headlined by local talent Andrew Susac (catcher) and John Bowker (infielder), as well as postseason contributors Juan Perez (outfielder) and Hunter Strickland (right-handed pitcher). Susac, Perez, and Strickland all made appearances in San Francisco’s 2014 World Championship run and started their seasons in Sacramento. The three players combined for 26 games played in October.
The River Cats will be led by manager Bob Mariano, who enters his fourth season as manager, although his first with Sacramento. In his previous three seasons with the Fresno Grizzlies, Mariano managed big-leaguers Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Pablo Sandoval, and others. Hitting coach Andy Skeels, pitching coach Dwight Bernard, athletic trainer James Petra, and strength and conditioning coach Brad Lawson made up the rest of Sacramento’s on-field staff.
Full 2015 Sacramento River Cats Roster
|Pitchers (13 + 1 DL)
Gutierrez, JC (DL)
|Catchers (2 + 1 DL)
Brown, Trevor (DL)
The River Cats opened their season at home on Thursday, April 9th against the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). For more information, please call (916) 371-HITS or visit www.rivercats.com.
Source: Sacramento River Cats
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